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Nov 21 2014
View from the Ground Could Help Forecasts PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 21 November 2014
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Lauren Rosenthal/KUCB
Predicting storms in a fast-changing environment isn’t easy. But the National Weather Service is slowly working on a plan to improve their forecasts in Alaska — and across the country — by adding in the view from the ground. 
Nov 20 2014
School Board Opens Communications PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 20 November 2014
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Jay Barrett/KMXT
The Kodiak Island Borough School Board wrapped up a nine-month process of reviewing and amending the board communication policy at its meeting this week. The previous iteration of the bylaw required all communication directed to any school board member to go through the superintendent's office first. And that was whether it came from parents, a citizen or a district employee.
Some have linked the strict rule with stifling conversation with school board members and a decrease in morale among district employees. At Monday's meeting, Kate Wynne was one of two people who addressed that issue.
“So the one thing that seems fundamentally important, yet fundamentally missing, is open communication. And it's not unique to this school district or to any organization,” she said. “But it also seems that any mechanism that promotes civil discourse and real honest understanding with out the fear of punitive consequences has to help improve morale. It just has to.”
Duncan Fields, the newest school board member, ran on a platform of more open communication, and pushed for that in the bylaw change.
“The inappropriate kind of communication is for a board member to interfere with a staff's job, or try to direct staff, or influence staff in terms of decision making. The appropriate kind of communication that I have a responsibility as a board member to have with staff is 'what do you see as problems, what are your challenges, what budget issues do you have?' Those kinds of questions,” he said. “And I don't see that as appropriate to be channeled through the superintendent's office.”
Fields offered an amendment to the last sentence in the latest revision to say board members “should” channel questions or communication to staff through the superintendent's office, in place of “will channel.” It passed unanimously.
School Board President Katie Oliver said she talks to people about the district daily.
“And that's a good thing. That's what I signed up for when I ran for election. And I consider talking to people about the district as being fundamental to my service as a school board member,” she said. “If someone wants to have a private conversation with me as an individual, I will honor that. I'm limited in my ability then to find a resolution to a situation that is confidential by request, but I'm happy to listen.”
Citizens wanting to address the school board as a whole, should still sent that communication through the central office to be archived in compliance with the district's record retention policy. 
Nov 20 2014
Fish Work Group Looks For Reps PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 20 November 2014

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Brianna Gibbs/KMXT

            Kodiak’s Fisheries Work Group is calling on various fishing gear types, sectors and community members to take part in an upcoming. In October the North Pacific Fishery Management Council released a series of alternatives and options for Gulf of Alaska trawl bycatch management, and the work group, which is made up of city council and borough assembly members, is looking to hear what folks think about those various options.
            During the work group’s meeting last week, Councilman John Whiddon suggested bringing representatives from various sectors to the table for discussion.
            “I don’t think we can profess to understand trawl economics or processor economics and what the implications actually mean. But the various components – the processing sector, the harvesting sector, have a much better understanding than we do – why not have an open discussion with them about these various elements of the motion and how it relates to the industry, how we can collectively come to a decision that doesn’t necessarily disadvantage any of them – I understand that there’ll be need for compromise at some point. But I think that we need to engage meaningfully with the people that actually do the work.”

Nov 20 2014
Recycle Haven Up in Numbers This Fall PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 20 November 2014

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*Keith Bruce/KMXT

          After its first year open, Threshold Recycling Center’s new Recycle Haven is doing quite well. KMXT’s newest intern, Keith Bruce, has more:
          Director Ken Reinke gave an update on the Recycle Haven to the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly during its regular meeting earlier this month.
           He said they celebrated the haven’s one year anniversary in September and raffled off round trip airline tickets to Anchorage. Roughly 200 people show up, which Reinke said likely helped their October numbers.
            “Which were up 12 percent over October 2013. ”
              He said they had taken in 67 tons of recycling this year and had an average of 389 cars in the Recycle Haven per week. Reinke also said they provided well over 6,000 hours of training and jobs for people with disabilities.
              In addition to local donations, Reinke said Threshold has also received roughly $39,800 from organizations like the Rasmusson Foundation and Alaska Mental Health Trust.

 *Keith Bruce is a 6th grader currently interning at KMXT.

Nov 20 2014
The Alaska Fisheries Report PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 20 November 2014

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We have red and pink forecasts from opposite sides of the state; under-size crab and secret identities discovered in Unalaska, and some Fukushima radiation is detected for the first time on the West Coast. All that, and remembering a towing figure in Alaska seafood, coming up, on the Alaska Fisheries Report. We had help from KDLG's Dave Bendinger in Dillingham, KFSK's Joe Viechnicki in Petersburg, KUCB's Annie Ropeik AND Lauren Rosenthal in Unalaska, and Northwest News Network's Tom Banse in Seattle. 

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